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‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we…

India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…

Gates, Tahir Foundations, Others To Form Indonesia Health Fund

News outlets report on the planned establishment of the Indonesia Health Fund, aimed at helping to expand health care access in the country. Jakarta Globe: Bill Gates to Visit Jakarta for New Health Fund “Microsoft founder Bill Gates will visit Jakarta on April 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding…

Financial Disclosures Of One-Child Policy Violation Fines Might Help End Chinese Policy

Bloomberg View: The Real End of China’s One-Child Policy Adam Minter, a writer and author based in Asia “…On Thursday, a court in Guangzhou ruled that the Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province — China’s most populous — must disclose the specifics of its own [one-child policy violation fine] data…

USAID-Backed Text Messaging Service Improves Maternal Health In Timor-Leste

“In Timor-Leste, a tiny country just north of Australia, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. … USAID has been working with Timor-Leste’s Health Ministry since 2004 to help find solutions to this terrible problem. In 2011, U.S.-based NGO Health Alliance International (HAI) won a USAID Child Survival and Health…

U.N. To Support Myanmar In Tackling Malnutrition

Two news outlets report on Myanmar’s partnership with the U.N. to combat malnutrition in the country. Bangkok Post: Myanmar to tackle malnutrition with U.N. “Myanmar on Thursday joined a United Nations program to improve nutrition in a country where one-third of children under five have stunted growth…” (2/6). DVB: U.N.…

Gilead To License New Hepatitis C Drug To Indian Generic Drug Manufacturers

Reuters: Gilead to license hepatitis C drug to lower-cost manufacturers in India “Gilead Sciences plans to license its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to a number of Indian generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing for lower-priced sales of the medication in that developing nation, according to the company…” (Beasley, 2/6).

U.S. Donates Therapeutic Food To Pakistan To Aid Malnourished Children

NNI/Frontier Post: U.S. donates 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to Pak children “The United States will donate 1,330 metric tons of therapeutic food supplies to more than 80,000 acutely malnourished children in Pakistan. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Nancy Estes presented the food shipment…